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CREATICE, inventive and imaginative is Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the Nutcracker which may not appeal to the traditionalists, however it is 2012… for me it was brilliant.
Set in a Dickensian Orphanage on Christmas Eve the poor and hungry waifs and strays are in the workhouse making their own toys.
Sweetieland is another world as dancers were transformed in to liquorice allsorts, a humbug, gob stoppers, a knickerbocker glory and troupe of marshmallow girls not forgetting a huge three tier wedding cake and the enormous lips which formed part of the splendid sets.
Superb choreography which at times I had to remind myself that I was actually watching ballet – I was so engrossed that it was the end of act one in no time at all the same for act two.
Tchaikovsky’s score is just beautiful it was a pity that on this occasion the music was not performed by a live orchestra.
Following Matthew Bourne’s success of Cinderella and now the Nutcracker I look forward to his interpretation of Sleeping Beauty.
The Nutcracker continues until Saturday, 21st April at the Bristol Hippodrome.